Types of Compensation Awarded in Commercial Truck Accident Cases
When a negligent trucker is the cause of a crash in Washington State that leaves you injured, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries from the trucking company and his insurance company. You need to obtain all the money you are entitled to in order to get on with your life. To be certain that the insurance company is offering a fair settlement, you must know what types of compensation you should receive from them.
What Types of Compensation Can Victims of a Truck Collision Be Awarded?
In Washington State, negligent truck drivers and their employers are responsible for fully compensating occupants of other vehicles who suffer injuries. Compensation you may be able to obtain includes:
Property damage. You are entitled to be reimbursed for the cost to repair or replace your vehicle and any damaged property inside it. You should also request reimbursement of towing and car rental fees.
Medical expenses. The most common types of medical expenses that are recoverable include hospitalizations, surgery, diagnostic tests, doctor visits, physical therapy, and prescriptions. Home care providers, medical supplies, medical assistive aids, and modifications to your home and vehicle can also be requested if you need them. If you must travel to receive the quality care you need, you should be reimbursed for these expenses as well.
Lost wages. You should ask for your past and future lost wages and lost vacation and sick time as part of your lost wage claim. If you did not receive a promotion, commission, profit sharing, or other perks of your job, you also can request these benefits. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may become permanently disabled or need to make a job change. In these situations, you may be entitled to lost earning capacity damages.
Pain and suffering. Because of the catastrophic nature of many truck accident injuries, you could experience significant pain and suffering and emotional trauma. The amount of damages you may deserve will depend on the severity and duration of your injuries. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you calculate the value of this portion of your claim.
Wrongful death. If a loved one died as a result of his injuries, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death action. Damages that can be recovered include his funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, and loss of your family member’s financial support, advice, and companionship.
Punitive damages. Punitive damages are only awarded if the truck driver’s or trucking company’s actions were especially egregious. They are designed to punish the liable parties.
Are you seeking compensation for your injuries following a truck accident in the Seattle area? Our experienced truck accident attorneys are here to help. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation to get your questions answered and learn more about how we can assist you.